Florida Panthers Foundation Raises Over $50,000 at Face-Off Luncheon

Wednesday, 09.26.2007 / 9:07 AM ET / Community
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Florida Panthers Foundation Raises Over $50,000 at Face-Off Luncheon
Over 450 Guests Attended Inaugural Event presented by AvMed Health Plans

SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers Foundation raised over $50,000 at the Inaugural Face-Off Luncheon presented by AvMed Health Plans on Monday afternoon. Over 450 guests attended the sold-out event, which was held at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton from 11:30 am – 1 pm. The Face-Off Luncheon was additionally sponsored by IKEA, the Boca Raton Observer, Fidelity Investments, Dr. Steven Gelbard, M.D., P.A. and Sziro Jewelry.

The Luncheon featured a speech from General Manager and Head Coach Jacques Martin outlining the upcoming season and his expectations for the 2007-08 Florida Panthers. The entire 2007-08 Florida Panthers team was in attendance and was introduced before taking their seats at this sold-out event. The 450 guests in attendance enjoyed a gourmet lunch while one member of the Florida Panthers sat at each table to dine with guests.

“I know I can speak for our entire team when I say we were honored to participate in the Face-Off Luncheon,” Martin said. “It was a great opportunity for us to get in front of some of our most dedicated fans before Opening Night, while also helping to support a worthwhile cause.”

“AvMed Health Plans is proud to partner with the Florida Panthers and get the opportunity to support the good work of the Panthers foundation,” said Jim Repp, Corporate Head of Sales for AvMed. “The Luncheon was a great opportunity for fans to interact with the players.” 

The event featured an outstanding silent auction and raffle as well as a special raffle for a men’s Concord watch provided by Sziro Jewelry.

“I am proud to announce that the Florida Panthers Foundation raised over $50,000 at the Inaugural Face-Off Luncheon presented by AvMed Health Plans,” said Executive Director Alaina Miller. “The Face-Off Luncheon was a remarkable success and I would like to thank the entire Florida Panthers team for their support of this event. Additionally, I would like to thank Woodfield Country Club for hosting this event as well as all of our sponsors and fans for their support. We look forward to expanding this event next year and once again offering fans the chance to meet the Florida Panthers players in a relaxed atmosphere. As we move forward, we are excited to host additional fundraising events including the Inaugural Golf Classic and our Ice & Dice Casino Night.”

The Florida Panthers Foundation is currently underway with planning the two remaining fundraising events for the 2007-08 season.
•    Inaugural Golf Classic, presented by Hyundai
•    3rd Annual Ice & Dice Casino Night, presented by Publix Super Markets

For more information about these events or to order tickets, please contact the Florida Panthers Foundation at 954.835.7715.

Over the past year the Florida Panthers Foundation has donated Florida Panthers game tickets and auction items including team-signed jerseys and sticks and Zamboni rides to various South Florida charities. Recipients include: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Broward County, American Cancer Society, JAFCO, Homestead Air Reserve, Soref JCC, Boys & Girls Club, Miami Disadvantaged Youth, Dept. of Naval Science, American Jewish Community, City of Plantation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, H.O.P.E., Camelot Community Center, Stellar Kids, the Andy Roddick Foundation and Rock and Wrap It Up!.

For more information about the Panthers Foundation please contact Alaina Miller at 954.835.7730 or millera@sselive.com.

AvMed Health Plans is now the Official Health Plan of the Florida Panthers. Headquartered in Miami, AvMed has been serving Florida businesses for over 35 years. AvMed offers a diverse portfolio with customized plans defined by personal service.

The Florida Panthers Foundation mission is to assist non-profit organizations which focus on healthcare, education and cultural needs of children and families through corporate partnerships, philanthropic grants and unique resources.   Through teamwork, interaction and dedication, the Florida Panthers Foundation works to bring together a wealth of talent on and off the ice to build a better future for the people of South Florida.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 15 worldwide venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and monthly South Florida publications: Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.




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